I’ll also be appearing (or at least my work will!) at the exhibition detailed below. Do pop in if you are in the area:
Hope to see you at the Great Dixter Christmas Fair this weekend. Should be a great atmosphere and lots of quality products from local makers. Spread the word!
Saturday 17th December 10.30-12.30 am, Burwash Village Hall.
Learn how to make a woven willow star, and take at least one home- to hang in your house or give as a gift.
All materials provided plus hot drinks and mince pies!
£22 per person, advance booking essential.
Please book your place by calling Emma on 01435 882327 / 07913 651638 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
I have new shoulder bags in stock, in a range of shapes and sizes. These can be used as foraging vessels or handbags, and can take a surprising amount of weight. They are stylish, practical and unique. Leather straps made from reclaimed leather from Wolfram Lohr’s workshop (http://wolframlohr.bigcartel.com).
Each ‘basket-bag’ costs £75-80 each.
I will be taking them to the Great Dixter Winter Fair at the end of the month (26th/27th0, and if there are any left, to Wilderness Woods for their fair on the first weekend of December.
If you’d rather take your pick before they are released to the masses, get in touch!
Click on the link above to download details of this willow birdtables workshop that will be taking place in Robertsbridge, East Sussex, next March. Contact me to book your place!
Had a marvellous time with Joe Hogan in the west of Ireland. Learnt how to make a skib, a non-functional pod from a ‘tree hole’, and practiced my fitching on a small log basket. Also made several underfoot bases which I am still less confident about. It’s all about repetition…
This time next week I’ll be in County Galway staying with Joe Hogan, master basketmaker and artist. I’ve admired Joe’s work for years and am thrilled to be able to learn from him. This visit has been made possible by the generous HCA* and NADFAS** bursary, the first part of which went towards learning traditional work with Adrian Charlton. With Joe however, I’m hoping to explore techniques used in more contemporary, sculptural work (such as his pods, one pictured above).
(*The Heritage Craft Association and ** The National Association of Decorative and Fine Arts Societies)
I’ve been enjoying a few unusual commissions this summer, which has been fun and challenging. Now starting to make stock for the upcoming local winter fairs and events, namely:
- Tunbridge Wells Farmers Markets: 12th November; 10th and 22nd December (9am-2pm, outside Town Hall)
- Great Dixter Winter Fair: 26th & 27th November (details to follow)
- Wilderness Wood Winter Fair: 3rd and 4th December (10am-4pm), Hadlow Down, East Sussex.
Looking forward to meeting old and new customers!
Delivered bespoke umbrella stand last week and happy that it fits and looks at home already and being fully functional! A lovely commission to have worked on.
From 19th – 28th August there will be an exciting programme of arts events held in and around Rushlake Green in East Sussex. Check the link to the website:
I will be demonstrating basketmaking at the ‘Craft in the Making’ event at the village hall in Bodle Street Green (BN27 4UB), 11am-4pm on Saturday 20th August.